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Sustainability Education Research Guide

A research portal to sustainability resources at Humber and beyond.


Two students at a Fairtrade booth at HumberDefinition:
Ethical purchasing can be defined as the practice of buying products and services produced in a way that minimizes social and/or environmental damage, whilst avoiding products and services that have a negative impact (Centre for Global Education & WISE, n.d)

Fairtrade also falls into Sustainable Procurement. Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a fair price for the ingredients they produce that support the Fairtrade regulations. These include making sure the farmers meet the social, ethical, economic, and environmental standards. The international Fairtrade system represents the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system (Fairtrade)

Areas of Interest:
Responsible Sourcing
Responsible consumption
Labour and Human rights
Equal Compensation

What is Humber doing:

Both Humber North and Lakeshore campuses are Fairtrade Certified. Humber was the first campus college in Ontario to have multiple campuses Fairtrade Certified

Incorporating sustainability principles, social responsibility and fair labour practices into Humber’s purchasing process is a key component of Humber's Sustainability Plan.  Learn more about ethical purchasing at Humber here.


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